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ORR advises refugees of the legal requirement to do three things: 1) apply to USCIS to adjust their status to Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) after one year in the U.S. in refugee status, 2) advise USCIS prior to travel outside the U.S. so they can be issued the Refugee Travel Document, and 3) report their change of address to USCIS.

Clarifies that Afghan Special Immigrants are eligible for ORR benefits and services beyond September 30, 2008.

Stipulates that non-Cuban spouses and children are not eligible for ORR benefits and services unless they have another status qualifying them for ORR assistance.

Clarifies the meaning of employment to assist Refugee Service Providers to correctly report successful refugee employment outcomes.

Provides information about the health consequences of khat use.

Clarifies the impact of Medicaid guidance on populations who receive certification or eligibility letters from ORR, and certain other specified family members.

Provide technical assistance by clarifying a grantee/recipient's obligations in determining how to assist LEP persons.

Alerts all programs that CDC has released revised recommendations for lead poisoning testing and preventive treatment in refugee children.

Testing Refugee Children for Lead

State Letter #05-01
February 5, 2005

ORR recommends that all untested refugee children under six years of age should be tested for lead.

Public Charge and ORR Populations

State Letter #05-02
January 27, 2005

Provides basic information about "public charge" issues, which are aspects of immigration law under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).